The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) seeks support from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Agriculture and Fishery Councils (AFCs) and the provincial local government units (PLGUs) represented by the Provincial Agriculturist of the five provinces in the region for the endorsement of the approval of the 2017 proposed budget of the department.
Presented during the consultation on March 7, 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City, DA-10, Regional Director Lealyn A. Ramos revealed that the total proposed budget for 2017 totalled to Php 1.5 billion for Rice, Corn, High Value Crops Development, Livestock and the Organic Agriculture program. The activities to be funded will include the technical and support services such as; production support, market development services, extension support and training services and for research and development; Irrigation network services, regulatory services and for agricultural equipment and facilities support services.
“In crafting the budget proposal, the DA should consider activities that will help farmers in marketing their produce. Let us patronize our local production and refrain from buying stocks outside the region. Let us capacitate our own farmers and help them sustain their production,” stressed Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) 10 Chair, Professor Edgardo Layug.
Agreeing to the suggestion, Director Ramos is encouraging the private sectors to invest in agriculture, so as to have available stocks of livestock, rice and corn seeds and planting materials in the region that could be readily available for procurement by the department. Henceforth, buying of such outside the region could be avoided.
“We will also capacitate the research stations to produce planting materials that would cater to the needs of our local farmers, Ramos added.
After a thorough discussion, the attendees endorsed the 2017 budget after taking into consideration the concerns of the private sector for inclusion in the said proposal.# (MGBS)
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